The Lincolnwood High School softball team saw their comeback bid come up just short on Monday, May 6, despite an impressive display at the plate by one of the two seniors honored by the Lady Lancers that day.
Sadie Slightom made the most of her senior night, going 2-for-4 at the plate with a seventh inning grand slam that drew within five, before falling to the Raiders 12-7.
Central A&M held an 11-0 lead after the top of the sixth inning, with two big four-run innings in the fourth and sixth providing the bulk of the advantage.
Lincolnwood cut into that lead in the bottom of the sixth, as Sidney Glick doubled, then scored on a double by Cassie Krager. A single by Slightom and a wild pitch would allow Krager to score, with Slightom's courtesy runner, Shelby Hattenbach, coming around to score after two errors by the Raiders.
Central A&M picked up an insurance run to make it 12-3 going into the bottom of the seventh, but the Lady Lancers weren't out of it yet.
Sydney Herman led off the inning and reached on an error, moving to second on a single by Sidney Glick. The Raiders would get the first out when Brittany Slightom grounded into a fielder's choice, with Herman out at third base, but Cassie Krager reached on an error to load the bases for Sadie Slightom.
After reaching base in each of her previous two at-bats, Slightom didn't spend much time on the base paths in the seventh as she ripped a grand slam home run to left field to cut the lead to five.
The rally continued with Maggie McClelland reaching first after being hit by a pitch, then moving to second on a ground out, but Central A&M would catch a break when Katelyn Payne's grounder, the Raiders' shortstop and McClelland trying to go to third, all came together at the same time to end the game on a third out by runner interference.
Still, the late rally gave Lincolnwood something to build on going into the final weeks of the season. Both Glick and Slightom had two hits and two runs scored apiece, while Cassie Krager and Glick both had doubles.
On the mound, Slightom started the game and gave up 11 runs, eight of which were earned, on 14 hits and two walks, with six strikeouts on the day. Sydney Herman pitched the final inning, giving up one run on a hit and two walks.
In addition to Slightom, senior Savannah Bowman was also honored prior to the game and went 0-for-2 with a walk.
Lincolnwood vs. Pawnee
Unfortunately a quick comeback from the loss was thwarted by a conference rival on Tuesday, May 7, as Pawnee clipped the Lady Lancers 14-4 in six innings.
Lincolnwood jumped out to a 3-0 first inning advantage on the Indians' home field, but Pawnee answered with six runs in the bottom half of the first and never looked back.
The Indians would go on to score three runs in the first and four runs in the third to take a 13-3 lead, before Lincolnwood staved off the mercy rule with a solo run in the fifth. Pawnee would get that elusive 14th run in the bottom of the sixth to end the game early for LHS.
Pawnee would outhit the Lancers 13-7 in the game, with home runs by Melanie Rhoades and Abby Gray, who had a pair of round-trippers.
On the heels of the successful senior night, Slightom led Lincolnwood with a 2-for-3 day at the plate. She would have one of three doubles for the Lancers, with Sidney Glick and Cassie Krager getting the other two extra-base hits.
Lincolnwood will close out the week with road games at Auburn on Thursday, May 9, at Palmyra against Greenfield-Northwestern on Friday, May 10, and at home against Pawnee on Saturday, May 11.
May 6 at Raymond
Central A&M 111 404 1 12 15 5
Lincolnwood 000 003 4 7 5 3
Central A&M IP R ER H K BB
W-Dunn 4 0 0 0 10 1
Schinzler 3 7 3 5 2 1
*Schinzler 1 HBP
Lincolnwood IP R ER H K BB
L-Slightom 6 11 8 14 6 2
Herman 1 1 1 1 0 2
*Slightom 1 HBP
Multiple Hits: Central A&M - Tempe Helton (3-4, 4R, 1RBI), Channing Reed (3-4, 1R, 7RBI), Morgan Malone (3-4, 2R), Hannah Schinzler (2-4, 1R);Lincolnwood - Sidney Glick (2-4, 2R), Sadie Slightom (2-4, 2R, 4RBI). 2B: Central A&M - Tempe Helton 1, Channing Reed 1; Lincolnwood - Sidney Glick 1, Cassie Krager 1. HR: Central A&M - Channing Reed 1; Lincolnwood - Sadie Slightom 1.
Records: Lincolnwood (8-16), Central A&M (13-5).
May 7 at Pawnee
Lincolnwood 300 010 4 7 3
Pawnee 634 001 14 13 2
Lincolnwood IP R ER H K BB
L-Herman 2 12 9 8 1 5
Pawnee IP R ER H K BB
W-Byers 6 4 2 7 8 2
Multiple Hits: Lincolnwood - Sadie Slightom (2-3); Pawnee - Carsen Jarrett (3-4), Abby Gray (2-3, 3RBI). 2B: Lincolnwood - Sidney Glick 1, Cassie Krager 1, Sadie Slightom 1; Pawnee - Carsen Jarrett 2, Makenna Byers 1. HR: Pawnee - Abby Gray 2, Melanie Rhoades 1.
Records: Lincolnwood (8-17, 4-4).